The admiration I receive for my photography is indeed heart-warming. Knowing that my work has helped others try to achieve similar standards of photography and sparked another’s imagination is inspirational and rewarding.
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Jack Dykinga famously said "cameras and lenses are simply tools to place our vision on film. Concentrate on equipment and you’ll take technically good photographs. Concentrate on seeing the ‘light’s magic colour’ and your images will stir the soul."
Many will have understood what Jack Dykinga is saying here, yet one example of misinterpretation took place in one of my own workshops. One young participant mentioned the importance of seeing the ‘light’s magic colour’ and being inspired by it and deemed his usage of his equipment as unimportant. After all, is this not what Jack Dykinga meant? However, he was not happy with the finished results. Together we discussed his work and carefully studied his images.
By simply looking for the ‘light’s magic colours’ he had neglected to use his photographic equipment correctly and this was due to lack of knowledge. What Dykinga had meant, I explained, was that once you understood the boundaries and technicalities of your equipment, you would be free to focus on the image itself and create a picture that would indeed ‘stir the soul’. The temptation to neglect one or the other would impair the desired finished result. I do find ...
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